Inscribed beaker

Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593–568 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), N.W. foundation deposit


Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 5.8 x 6.1 x 4.9 cm (2 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This faience votive cup was found as part of a foundation deposit. One side is cylindrical and the other is straight. It has a flat base and straight rim with an incised line around it. One exterior side carries two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which contains the cartouche of Napatan King Aspelta.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: “The Good God, Aspelta”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Amen-Re, Ka of Ta-Set(i) [i.e. Nubia]”


From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), northwest foundation deposit. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition